- The International Economic Development
Council (IEDC) announces that the Ada Jobs Foundation (AJF) has been
recognized as one of 53 economic development organizations accredited by
IEDC as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO).
"The Ada Jobs Foundation displays the
professionalism, commitment, and technical expertise that is deserving
of this honor," said IEDC President and CEO Jeff Finkle.
The AEDO program is a comprehensive peer
review process that measures economic development organizations against
commonly held standards in the profession. The program consists of two
phases: a documentation review and an onsite visit. Each phase is
designed to evaluate information about the structure, organization,
funding, programs, and staff of the candidate economic development
"In addition to being one of only 53 AEDOs,
the Ada Jobs Foundation has assumed the crown of the smallest accredited
economic development organization in North America which was formerly
held by the Ponca City Development Authority, also in Oklahoma," shared
AJF President Michael Southard, "A plaque will
be presented during the International Economic Development Council's
award ceremony at the 2017 Annual Conference in the fall, resulting in
enhanced marketability of Ada and increased exposure of our community
"Thank you to AJF Board, staff, area business
leaders, and regional/state partners for helping our community attain
this prestigious designation,"
AJF Board Chairman Kenny Howard, "
Earning the AEDO accreditation tells the
community, companies, and prospects that AJF has attained a measure of
excellence assuring that their trust is well-placed and their business
is in good hands."
Maintenance of the AEDO status is required
every three years and is accomplished through documentation submission
and/or onsite visits by a team of the AEDO subcommittee.